November 13th, 2007
05:13 PM ET
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GOP candidate defends ad depicting terrorist attack

Watch Tancredo defend his controversial ad in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer .

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rep. Tom Tancredo is standing by his new television ad depicting a terrorist attack on an American mall, saying it portrays a real threat.

"Yes, they are coming, they are coming through our porous borders, and yes, they are coming to do us great damage," the Colorado Republican told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday. "I don't know why anybody would not think this is true."

The 30-second ad, set to begin running on Iowa cable stations this week, depicts a hooded man walking into a crowded mall with a backpack. Over the sound of a ticking clock, the man abandons the backpack at a bench, and an explosion is heard.

"There are consequences to open borders beyond the 20 million aliens who have come to take our jobs," the ad's narrator says. "Islamic terrorists now freely roam U.S. soil. Jihadists, who froth with hate, here to do as they have in London, Spain and Russia."

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  1. Eric, from THE Republic of Texas

    Tancredo must be a total right wing nut job.

    I mean, Islamic terrorists would NEVER attack this country, right?

    November 14, 2007 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Claudette, Tyler TX

    History DOES repeat itself no matter how hard we try to stop it. This all sounds like a 21st century version of "The Bay Of Pigs". Look it up...the similarities are uncanny.

    November 14, 2007 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. Andy, DeKalb, IL

    That comment about the likelihood of being struck by lightning being greater than being killed by a backpack bomber; I started to laugh my butt off. That was until I thought back to 2004. I dare you to pose that comment to someone who lost a loved one during the 2004 Madrid train bombing. Somehow I don’t think they will see it that way.

    Not meant to be funny, and not meant to degrade anyone's individual loss, but seriously, there are more than 6 billion people in the world. The chances a terrorist is going to kill any one person has to be pretty slim. I am more afraid of visiting Chicago.

    November 15, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  4. CIA=therealthreat

    An interesting note. Al Qaeda was the name of a database good ol' CIA used to track names of members in the mujahideen fighters. Hmmm its good to know Al Qaeda keep tabs on the CIA. Or maybe the other way around. Is there a connection there? Hmmm I wonder. Just some food for thought. Wouldnt surprise me if the CIA funded and trained Al CIA Duh. read between the lines people and wake up. We are not a world police.

    November 16, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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